Ayurveda is an ancient holistic health system originate over 5,000 years ago in India. Ayurveda is now widely practiced internationally. To understand the foundation tenets of Ayurveda is, the doshas must be mastered. Here are the dosha basics. There are three doshas that control physiology of the human body - Vata, Pitta and Kapha. The health science of Ayurveda is also based on the Panchamahaboota theory. Panchamahaboota means 5 elements - Akasha (space), Vayu (wind), Agni (fire), Aap (water), Pritvi (earth). Each dosha is formed by a paring of these elements. Let's take a look at how these elements compose Vata, Pitta and Kapha to better understand Ayurvedic physiology.
Eight Limbs of Yoga: A study of much more than exercise - Dr. Christie Smirl The writings of Pantjali proposes eight paths of yoga to attain enlightenment. These eight steps are guidelines to living a meaningful and purposeful life. It is a common misbelief that yoga is just a form of fitness with pretzel like poses. … Continue reading Eight Limbs of Yoga: A study of much more than exercise. By Dr. Christie Smirl
TRIPHALA - Balancing Formula for Detoxification & Rejuvenation Triphala is one of the most recommended Ayurvedic formulation and has been used as a daily supplement for over 5,000 years to balance all three doshas - Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Triphala is translated as "Three Fruits" and is composed of dried and powdered amalaki, bibhitaki and haritaki. … Continue reading Triphala to Detox & Rejuvinate by Christie Smirl
Breakfast is such an important meal of the day. Studies show that people who eat a balanced healthy breakfast have steadier levels of energy, better concentration, healthier digestion, higher metabolic rates and maintain healthier weight. So many of my clients tell me that they just don't have time to prepareand cook a good healthy breakfast, … Continue reading Power Oatmeal Breakfast by Christie Smirl
Tulsi, also known as Holy Basil, has been revered as a sacred plant that has numerous healing properties. This sacred plant has been used for thousands of years for it’s mind enhancing properties (medhya) and physical benefits earning the names “The Elixir of Life” and “Mother Medicine of Nature”. Tulsi is praised as the embodiment … Continue reading TULSI – HOLY BASIL by Christie Smirl
Hingvashtak is a classical Ayurvedic blend of vata-soothing herbs that support the entire digestive system. Vata is cold, light and dry, qualities that in excess can inhibit proper digestive function creating gas, bloating and inflammation. Hingvashtak contains herbs that are warming and grounding to effectively counter balance numberous digestive imbalances. Hingvashtak kindles the digestive fire, … Continue reading Hingvashtak for Healthy Digestion by Christie Smirl